It’s Wednesday and you know what that means – time to join in on another Wednesday Word link up! Each week, Debbie gives us a word prompt to write about. Be sure to click on the button below to join in and to see who else is linking up.
This week’s word is dilemma.
- A situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternatives.
- Any difficult or perplexing situation or problem.
I’m going to focus on that second definition.
I love a good puzzle, be it a jigsaw puzzle, crossword, or brainteaser. I don’t like having a problem, but I do love problem solving. In my experience, you have to be a good problem solver when running long distances. Things never go exactly how you plan, and you have to be able to figure things out on the fly. Being able to come up with a solution can mean the difference between a successful day and a day that ends in a DNF (did not finish).
We had to do some big time problem solving at Ragnar to ensure we finished on time. Normally, if something happens to delay a Ragnar relay, they will have teams ‘double up’ to ensure they finish before the end of the event. This means if runner 1 and runner 4 both have the red loop left, they run together. We were faced with this dilemma during our Ragnar trail relay in Richmond the weekend before last. Except trying to double up was tricky, because we were on an ultra team. The Ragnar officials were not being very proactive, but we knew we needed to come up with a solution because we were not on track to finish on time. Luckily, despite our sleep-deprived state, we were able to figure things out. Thank goodness, because we definitely would not have finished otherwise!
Are you a good problem solver?